Wednesday, 17 July 2013

9 interview questions for poetry editors

today, i hit upon the idea of asking 9 fundamental questions of every poetry editor i can find, who is welcome to answer only one or all the nine questions in anyway s/he prefers to. instead of raising questions for its chatroom only, i will introduce this section to my magazine Poetry Pacific (2.2), to be released on august 5. hopefully we can get some interesting responses. ( i have come up with another organization idea, but i want to see how this interview idea goes first.)

pasted below are the questions i have just finished preparing - '9' being the maximum number that implies 'enduring' or longevity' in traditional chinese culture::


  1. Given the ways contemporary authors have been trying to compose all kinds of poetry, how would you define ‘poetry’?

  1. Many people say poetry is dying. Do you agree or disagree with this statement, and why?

  1. What defining features do you think ‘best’ poetry should possess? In other words, what is your personal or working definition of ‘best’ poetry?

  1. What are the most important makings of a ‘great’ poet? – please name 3 greatest poets the world has produced thus far.

  1. Who are the 3 most important or noteworthy contemporary poets according to your personal/working criteria.

  1. Considering the contemporary poetry writing/publishing reality, what are the most important changes that you think should be made to promote poetry as a worthy cause?

  1. Which 3 poetry editors or magazines would you like to recommend to all poetry lovers? Or, which 3 are your most favorite poetry editors/journals?

  1. What are the most important or interesting things that you have you learned about poetry writing/publishing as a poetry editor?

  1.  What is the most or least enjoyable part of being a poetry editor?

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